You can’t get far right now without seeing someone rocking a cozy scarf (despite the summer-like weather) or holding a pumpkin spiced latte in their hand. Those of us who are crazy about Fall might be a little too eager to get things started, but I will happily enjoy my flannel and hot apple cider while others bemoan the loss of summer. The crisp autumn vibes, the invitation to enjoy warmly spiced foods and drinks, and events like Oaktoberfest make Fall a special season around Oak Park.
Friday & Saturday
Downtown Oak Park
The annual Oaktoberfest downtown will feature live music, craft beer, local food vendors, and family activities including a root beer garden for the kiddos and young at heart. Make sure to bring cash if you plan to enjoy food or the craft beverages!
Oak Park Farmers’ Market
7:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Pilgrim Congregational Church Parking Lot
Wander through the booths at the farmer’s market on Saturday morning and pick up some locally produced goods! The market features everything from produce to fresh donuts. No need to worry if you forgot to grab cash – most vendors accept credit/debit cards and the market also accepts LINK cards, WIC, and senior coupons.
Community Bank Makin’ Tracks 5K Run/Walk
8:00 – 10:00 AM
Concordia University Chicago, River Forest
Join in on the 3.1 mile flat course through River Forest on Saturday! All proceeds from this race will benefit the West Suburban Special Recreation Association (WSSRA). The WSSRA provides recreation programs for adults and children with disabilities and impairments. If you haven’t signed up already, you can register on race day for $35.
Paper Shredding and Old Clothing Recycling
9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Oak Park Public Works Department
Stop by on your way to the market or after the 5K to drop off sensitive documents for shredding and old clothing to be recycled. Each household can bring up to two bags or small boxes of documents for shredding. All donations of used clothing and apparel will be accepted. Time to clean out the closet and those old shoe boxes full of receipts!
Questions, Persuade, Refer Training for Suicide Prevention
1:30 – 3:00 PM
Oak Park Public Library
Presenter Tandra Rutledge, MA will be sharing her expertise in dealing with suicide prevention. The QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) method teaches how to recognize warning signs of suicide, and how to respond when you see them. This event is free and offers 1.5 CEUs (Continuing Education Units).